The 2013 baseball season may be very, very early, but that hasn’t stopped a handful of guys from experiencing some unfortunate injuries already. Of course, there is nothing more frustrating or devastating to fantasy baseball rosters than injuries. The unknowing of certain injuries can have fantasy owners wondering how long their players will be sidelined for, forcing them to find alternative options for the time being.
So, let’s break down some of the more significant injuries from the first week of action to give fantasy owners a better understanding of their players’ status.
Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays: During Thursday’s contest, Bautista injured his ankle while sliding into second base. Despite the injury being a low-level concern, Bautista and the Jays decided not to risk anything, sitting him out for the past two games. Having an injury history already, you have to believe that Toronto doesn’t want to rush their star outfielder back into action, risking re-injury. However, I fully expect Bautista to be back in the lineup within the next 2 or three contest. He has two home runs and four RBI in three games this season.
Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers: Ramirez’s injury occurred in the same way as Bautista, but saw a different result. After sliding into second base on Friday, Ramirez aggravated a knee injury that had been bothering him throughout Spring Training. On Saturday, the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list, calling the injury a left knee sprain. The third base position in fantasy continues to become victim to the injury bug, as there are already four or five guys hurt as well. Josh Prince has been called up from Triple-A to fill the void.
Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves: The Braves will be without their lead off man for at least Saturday night, as Simmons is dealing with a thumb injury. He has been scratched from the lineup, but stated that he wouldn’t have even addressed the injury if he knew the team would sideline him. Having said that, it sounds like Simmons is fully capable of playing, so expect him back at the top of that powerful lineup within the next few days or so. Simmons is officially being listed as day-to-day.
Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles: Boy, this guy just can’t seem to stay healthy, can he? Having already played less than 100 games in five different seasons, Roberts is down again here in 2013. After rupturing a tendon in his right knee, Roberts has landed on the 15-day disabled list, but will ultimately miss anywhere from 2-4 weeks. The positive note is that the injury won’t require surgery, but the injury history may keep him sidelined for at least the rest of the month of April.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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